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10-year-old boy detects security flaw in Instagram, gets reward

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CALIFORNIA: You may have heard social media websites and other domains on the cyberspace falling prey to professional hackers, but now even minors are becoming tech-wizard.

A 10-year-old boy Finnish boy named Jani has been given $10,000 (£7,000) after he found a security flaw in image-sharing social network Instagram.

The boy, who technically is not allowed to even join the site for another three years, discovered a bug that allowed him to delete comments made by other users.

The issue was “quickly” fixed after being discovered, said Facebook, which owns Instagram.

Jani was paid soon after – making him the youngest ever recipient of the firm’s “bug bounty” prize.

After discovering the flaw in February, he emailed Facebook.
Security engineers at the company set up a test account for Jani to prove his theory – which he did.

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